Sewing With Nancy Videos
Premiered: August 25, 2014
Make Cage Comforters (padded blankets) for your local animal shelter. Cage Comforters are needed for cats and dogs for extra warmth and comfort. It’s an easy project for beginners. The comforters are sent with the pets when they move to a permanent home. Milwaukee County takes in about 13,000 animals per year—1,000 comforters a month! Your help is definitely needed.
Premiered: December 23, 2013
Leslee Nelson’s inspiration to make Memory Cloths came from an exhibit of South African hand embroideries. Life experiences are embroidered on linens. The repetitive movement is a form of meditation where stitchery links the past with the present.
Premiered: September 23, 2012
Leslie Gemignani, a teacher at Point Hope in Africa, shares how students are taught to support themselves and their children by making batik fabric and also how to sew. She is preparing for the second year curriculum to help women continue the learning and marketing their products. The skills provide empowerment and income—a reason for being.
Premiered: January 8, 2012
Carla Peery, an educator from Seattle, teaches basic sewing skills to 4th and 5th graders in a program called Let's Do Business. She uses sewing as a means to polish the students' other academic skills. In a 14-week program, students learn how to write a business plan, learn to write checks, sew a pillow, market their product, and sell the product at the end of the program.
Premiered: August 11, 2014
Fiber artist Lola Jenkins explains her free spirit approach to fabric art using raw-edge appliqué to create beautifully crafted fabric portraits. She starts with an enlarged photo or sketch, and she uses small pieces of fabric and free-motion, thread painting, or random quilting to bring it to life. She fuses abstract and folk art into creatively crafted, award-winning portrait quilts.
Premiered: November 14, 2010
Lorel Maple, vice president of the American Sewing Guild chapter in Madison Wis. explains the process her group used to dye silk scarves with natural dyes. Inspired by Larry Schmitt's no-pot dyeing technique, Lorel invited Larry to do a hands-on demonstration of dyeing basics for the guild. This fascinating project is one of the many creative endeavors that you can learn about in a Sewing Guild.
Premiered: January 27, 2014
Marc Revenson, Lil’ Rev, is a folk singer who has written a whole litany of quilter’s music. His Scraps of Quilting music makes people happy. Marc was inspired by his grandmother and a friend from Milwaukee to sing about the countless hours quilters spend on their quilts, only to give them away. Lil’ Rev sang an ode to quilters and a song referring to how quilting gets us through tough times.
Premiered: October 28, 2012
See how Martha Sumi teaches Hmong women quilting only through using samples, to show the process for making American style quilt block since language is a barrier. In turn, the students incorporate their own traditional styles, colors, and techniques. As a show of gratitude, this tight-knit quilting group shares culture and food with their teacher.
Premiered: January 27, 2013
Mary Balagna, from the national headquarters of Project Linus, joined Nancy to tell about their new venture, encouraging volunteers to stitch weighted blankets. The pressure provided by a weighted blanket creates a calming effect for children with sensory disorders, similar to swaddling an infant. The channeled blankets are stuffed with twin sheets to provide weight.
Premiered: December 2, 2013
Mary Kolb, the “Zipper Lady,” has repaired over 1300 coat zippers for Clothes for Kids. This project keeps kids warm, and keeps jackets out of landfills. Mary gives a brief rundown on the process she uses to repair a zipper if all parts have been saved. Her advice for zipper longevity is to teach children to pull zipper tab upward to close or push downward to open—don’t pull straight out.
Premiered: September 8, 2014
Maryanne Arthur designed Pretty Pockets for breast cancer patients, to hold drain tubes and bulbs after surgery. Maryanne’s friend Ann Marie sewed the pockets, and several hundred patients later, this soft flannel pocket is in demand for all kinds of surgeries. Spread some joy through creative giving by making these pockets for hospitals or to accommodate friends and family members having surgery.
Premiered: August 19, 2012
Mena Trott, The Sew Weekly blog, shares her personal challenge of sewing a dress a week. In 2009 Mena started a blog about sewing her clothes for a year—one dress per week. Each week there is a different theme. Her fun and frugal creations included vintage patterns. She found that her followers loved to be motivated and inspired to create—and she encouraged them to sew.